Dr. Garvan awarded grant for SOLAR System project

Cynthia Garvan, PhDProfessor of Anesthesiology and Statistician Cynthia Garvan, PhD, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the University of Florida Research Foundation Commercialization Fund to develop the “Strategies to Orient, Learn, and Achieve in Research – (SOLAR)” project.

The award will be used to develop a web application for the SOLAR system with the intent to commercialize it.

The SOLAR SystemTM project involves a series of personalized pathways for clinicians to successfully carry out research. The SOLAR System TM will provide opportunities for: 1) learning about the Department of Anesthesiology’s Nodes of Research Excellence, 2) finding a mentor, 3) learning about anesthesiology databases, 4) learning about developing an idea for a research study, 5) learning about available projects that are ready to be started, 6) writing a manuscript, and 7) writing a grant proposal and finding external funding.

“Obtaining this Award is a testimony of the above average market potential of this technology and your commitment to commercializing it,” Jim O’Connell, Director of Technology Licensing, wrote in an award letter.

The SOLAR System team includes Bruce Spiess, MD, FAHA, Professor of Anesthesiology and Associate Chair of Research; Penny Reynolds, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology; Terrie Vasilopoulos, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; and Keith Howell, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology.

The commercial project is expected to be completed by May 31, 2021.

The University of Florida Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes, encourages, and assists with the research activities of university faculty, staff, and students. It provides “a means by which research can be conducted flexibly and efficiently and by which discoveries, inventions, processes and work products of University of Florida faculty, staff and students can be transferred from the laboratory to the public.”